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Machete trial Sgt's 'dented pride'.


AN ARMY colour sergeant has told a court he attacked a fellow soldier with a machete "to put the fear of God into him" in order to restore some "dented pride".

John Norwood, of 1st Battalion Scots Guards, is on trial accused of wounding with intent Lance Sergeant James Warnock at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire, last July.

The 24-year-old suffered a wound to his shoulder, which was cut to the bone, as well as a defensive wound to his hand.

Glaswegian Norwood, 38, is also accused of attempting to wound with intent Craftsman Nicholas Wood.

He is alleged to have swung the machete at his bed, cutting the duvet but not hurting him.

The court has heard that he had targeted Wood by accident as he searched for Warnock's room.

The trial has heard that Norwood had been involved in an argument with Warnock in a pub earlier, which ended with him punching the defendant, who was two ranks his senior, to the ground.

Norwood told the court that he had taken the machete from the stores at the barracks and gone to find Warnock "to put the fear of God into him, to scare him" and added, "I didn't want to harm anyone with that machete".

He added: "I made a reckless decision, a foolish decision, my pride was dented, my ego was dented.

"I knew I would be the butt of many jokes, many slanders, I know how the Army works and I foolishly went to his room to scare him, to salvage some dignity, that he would say, 'No, I shouldn't have done that, colour sergeant', that's the only reason I did it."

Norwood, of Pollok, denies the two charges.

The trial continues.


ACCUSED John Norwood

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Date:Aug 18, 2016
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